The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded PPPL funding of more than $12 million to work with laboratories around the world to accelerate the development of a pilot plant powered by the carbon-free fusion energy that drives the sun and stars and can counter climate change.
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory and Steve Cowley, PPPL’s director, were featured on the July 23 “CBS Saturday Morning.”
PPPL scientists have refined the use of magnetic fields to improve the performance of doughnut-shaped fusion facilities known as tokamaks. The improved technique protects internal parts from damage by instabilities and allows tokamaks to operate for longer without pausing.
PPPL scientists have uncovered critical new details about fusion facilities that use lasers to compress the fuel that produces fusion energy. The new data could help lead to the improved design of future laser facilities that harness the fusion process that drives the sun and stars.
Major overhaul of a collaborative department aims to enhance PPPL’s role as the U.S. national laboratory devoted to the science of fusion energy.
Novel camera detects the birth of high-energy runaway electrons, which may lead to determining how to prevent damage caused by the highly energetic particles.
Article profiles 47-year tenure and ground-breaking contributions of distinguished theoretical physicist.
PPPL scientists have developed a path-setting way to measure RF waves that could lead to enhanced future experiments aimed at bringing fusion energy to Earth.
Scientists uncover new properties of plasma that have wide potential applications for astrophysical and fusion plasmas.
PPPL forges ahead with development of streaming media to provide rapid analysis of key findings of remote fusion experiments.
Physicist Amitava Bhattacharjee steps down as head of the PPPL Theory Department that he has transformed during nine years of leadership.
PPPL scientists have developed a type of deception to calm unruly plasma and accelerate the harvesting on Earth of fusion energy.
PPPL develops a model once thought to be impossible for delivering radio waves to heat tokamak plasmas.
New computer simulation forecasts a surprisingly optimistic heat load for future fusion facilities designed to harvest on Earth the fusion that powers the sun and stars to generate electricity.
PPPL scientists have created a plan using liquid lithium to keep the full force of extreme and potentially damaging heat from hitting the divertor region that will release heat from future tokamak fusion facilities.
Article describes allotment of supercomputer hours through the U.S. Department of Energy’s INCITE program to enable PPPL-led team to extend its previous INCITE work into areas of critical interest for next-step fusion facilities.
Article describes PPPL work in coordination with MIT’s Plasma Science and Fusion Center and Commonwealth Fusion Systems, a start-up spun out of MIT that is developing a unique tokamak fusion device called “SPARC.”
Article describes PPPL’s discoveries and prominent role in the 62nd American Physical Society-Department of Plasma Physics annual meeting.
Profile of PPPL physicist Elena Belova, a pioneer in developing hybrid simulation codes in fusion and space plasmas, who has been elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society.
The record-setting PPPL tokamak that laid the foundation for future fusion power plants receives the distinguished landmark designation from the the American Nuclear Society.
New funding will upgrade key diagnostics on the National Spherical Tokamak Experiment-Upgrade, the flagship facility at PPPL.
Two new fusion companies will work with PPPL to model their development concepts under the INFUSE program.
Egemen Kolemen, Princeton University assistant professor and PPPL physicist, wins prestigious Fusion Power Associates award.
Physicists at PPPL discover a new trigger for edge localized modes (ELMs) — instabilities that can halt fusion reactions and damage the tokamaks that house such reactions.
Researchers discover a technique for widening the windows of plasma current to enhance suppression of edge localized modes (ELMs) that can damage tokamak facilities.
Researchers at the DOE’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory have developed a pulsed method for stabilizing magnetic islands that can cause disruptions in fusion plasmas.
Initial results of the Lithium Tokamak Experiment-Beta (LTX-β) at PPPL show that the enhancements significantly improve performance of the plasma that will fuel future fusion reactors.
News release announcing online publication of the research magazine Quest.
Article profiles Vincent Graber, his research interests and thesis plans.
Correlation discovered between magnetic turbulence in fusion plasmas and troublesome blobs at the plasma edge.
Unique PPPL simulations reveal new understanding of the highly complex edge of fusion plasmas.
New research points to improved control of troublesome magnetic islands in future fusion facilities.
PPPL scientists have borrowed a technique from applied mathematics to rapidly predict the behavior of fusion plasma at a much-reduced computational cost.
As a teenager, Kat Royston discovered that physics could give her answers to her questions about the ways the world works. Now, as a researcher in ORNL’s Reactor and Nuclear Systems Division, she works on unraveling the mysteries of fission and fusion around the world – including research for the ITER and JET fusion experiments.
PPPL researchers find that jumbled magnetic fields in the core of fusion plasmas can cause the entire plasma discharge to suddenly collapse.
Injecting pellets of hydrogen ice rather than puffing hydrogen gas improves fusion performance. Studies by PPPL and ORNL physicists compared the two methods on the DIII-D National Fusion Facility, looking ahead to the injection fueling planned for ITER.
New application of deep learning allows prediction of disruptions from raw, high-resolution data from fusion energy experiments.
Profile of PPPL’s Chris Smiet and Rupak Mukherjee and the post-doctoral honors they have won.
Surprise discovery shows that turbulence at the edge of the plasma may facilitate production of fusion energy.
Thin-walled diamond shells carry payloads of boron dust; the dust mitigates destructive plasma disruptions in fusion confinement systems. The Science To put the energy-producing power of a star to work, researchers create and contain plasma—the ultra-hot gas that makes up…